Giants-Nationals NLDS Game 2 headed into the 18th inning

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The second game of the NLDS between the Giants and the Nationals is now in the 18th inning, becoming the second-longest playoff game in playoff baseball history. Game 4 of the 2005 NLDS between the Astros and Braves, won on a one-out walk-off home run from Chris Burke in the bottom of the 18th, was the only playoff game to go longer.

A long time ago, the game appeared to be in the bag for starter Jordan Zimmermann and the Nationals, but the Giants rallied with two outs in the ninth to tie the game at 1-1, and the game has remained scoreless ever since.

Yusmeiro Petit has pitched six shutout innings of relief for the Giants, following scoreless frames from Sergio Romo, Jeremy Affeldt, and Santiago Casilla once it got into extra innings.

On the Nats’ side, they got scoreless extra-inning relief from Tyler Clippard, Matt Thornton, Jerry Blevins, Craig Stammen (three innings), Rafael Soriano, and Tanner Roark. Roark is back on the mound for the start of the 18th inning.

Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.